Two Australian men who have been held under house arrest for nearly four years with their families in Dubai on charges of bribery have called on the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to intervene in their case and call for their return to Australia.

Matthew Joyce and Marcus Lee face up to 10 years' imprisonment if convicted by the Dubai courts. A parallel case in the Supreme Court of Victoria has, however, held that there is no substance in the allegations levelled against the two.